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January 2023 Lakers Youth Foundation YOU Grant

Congratulations to SoLA I Can Foundation on winning the Lakers Youth Foundation January 2023 YOU Grant Contest!

Mission Statement: 
The SoLa I CAN Foundation is built on a simple premise: If you can see it, you can be it. SoLa I CAN works to end intergenerational poverty in South Los Angeles through community development and creating new access to economic and educational opportunity.

Funding Project: 
The SoLa I CAN Foundation is seeking support for its SoLa Technology and Entrepreneurship Center. The first-of-its-kind in Los Angeles, the center works to train and inspire the next generation of Black and brown technology professionals, entrepreneurs, and leaders from South LA - the largest tech access desert in LA County. Support from the Lakers Youth Foundation would go directly to supporting the cost of student enrollment and materials in the center’s four career pathways: 1) Technology; 2) Entrepreneurship; 3) Arts, Media and Entertainment; 4) Esports, Video Game Design and Production. 2022 was the center's first year of operation with 1,100 students served. This support would help the center reach its goal of serving 2,500 students in 2023.

Please check back in March for another Lakers Youth Foundation YOU Grant opportunity!